Obituaries

Lazaro F. Dieguez

December 11, 1935 - October 19, 2019

Lazaro F. “Frankie” Dieguez, 83, of Hialeah, Fl., and formerly of Chicago, IL., passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2019 surrounded by his family. Frankie was born on December 11, 1935 in Havana, Cuba, the son of Francisco and Caridad Dieguez. He was united in marriage to the love of his life Martha Nidia on August 13, 1955 in Havana, Cuba.

Frankie, known as Pipo to his family, could light up a room with his smile and sense of humor and his ability to tell stories. Pipo started his life in Havana, Cuba, where he learned his love for baseball as a successful catcher for a Havana baseball team, called Macias where he played alongside players like Cookie Rojas and Chuck Connors “The Riffleman.” His skills were noticed and was invited to tryout for a minor league team in the United States. The only catch was the tryout was scheduled on the day of his wedding. He decided to skip his tryout and marry the love of his life, Nidia, instead. While in Havana, Pipo and Nidia began a beautiful life together and at the age of 33 they emigrated from Cuba to Chicago with their two children, Denise and George. While in Chicago, Pipo worked at Nabisco for over 30 years in the mixing department. Nidia joined him years later and obtained a job in the packaging department. Pipo mixed cookies such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, and Premium Saltines, while Nidia packed them for the consumers. Pipo worked hard to live his life to the fullest and retired at the age of 62 in Hialeah, Florida. He travelled around the world with Nidia from Vegas to Rome to everywhere in between. Pipo will always be remembered by his family as the most compassionate man with the biggest spirit to live who could connect with anyone he met, kick your butt in dominos, eat you under the bus with Chinese food, tell you every Cubs baseball stat there is to know, and quote just about any action movie out there. Pipo was a loving son, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and friend and will be missed dearly.

Frankie is survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years, Martha; two children, George (Evelyn S.) Dieguez, Denise Glowski; his seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510.  A funeral service will follow visitation at 11:30 A.M also at the funeral home.   Interment will be at Spring Lake Cemetery 745 S Lincoln Ave, Aurora, IL 60505.

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